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Pre-Game 4 quotes: Sidney Crosby

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Q.  You guys have done really well with taking the shift-by-shift approach.  Ryan Malone actually suggested it might be a good idea to think about what this, winning this game could mean.  Do you agree to maybe look at the bigger picture now might be a good idea for an approach to Game 4?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  If you want to use it as motivation, obviously, that would be a good thing.  But I think we've always been a team that's really focused on our task, and been confident if we do the right things, we're going to be successful.  So I don't see the need to think ahead even in this situation.  You stick with what works, and we know the possibilities, and we've got to go out there and do the right things in order to make that happen.

 

Q.  Would you mind just talking about what it means to have Jordan Staal back with this team, and, basically, what he's had to go through this last 48 hours?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Yeah, it's been tough.  You lose a loved one like that and it's never easy.  When you're on a team you feel it even more so.  You see what the guy goes through, and I think we've all kind of been through something like that before, so we know what he's feeling like.

But I'm sure in a way maybe we can help him.  If hockey can take his mind off things for a while, maybe it's a good thing.  But it's never easy, and we're definitely there for him.

 

Q.  Do you feel as though maybe the team learned some lessons from clinching in Game 4 against the Rangers, which you lost?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Yeah, I think we realized, you know, how desperate teams are going to be.  But I think we expected that coming into both scenarios there in the first two series, and we expect the same thing.  We've always said the last one's the toughest, and that is always the case.  So we know more than any time, we have to be ready.

 

Q.  We're asking a lot of the people in your dressing room about that Rangers game, simply because it's the only example of failure for you guys in the playoffs.  Are we splitting hairs a little bit?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  No, they played well.  Sometimes in the playoffs it's one of those things where both teams play well, and you don't get wins.  I don't think we played the way we wanted to, but we still have to realize that those are desperate hockey teams.  And the two situations we've been through, and obviously, one we won, one we lost.  But our desperation has to be there.

 

Q.  You haven't had a ton of chances this series, but can you talk a little about the level of talent you have, and how that translates into the power play and running about 25%?  And as a sidebar, can you tell us what you were talking to Mike Yeo about during the whistle in the last game?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Well, for the power play, we have a lot of skill, but you have to have guys who are working hard.  So we're lucky to have, I think, guys that can move the puck, shoot the puck.  We've got a big body in Ryan Malone who is in front of the net a lot.  I think we're covered in a lot of areas there.

As for me talking to Mike Yeo, it was just about our breakout and our set?up.  We kind of changed things up a bit and made an adjustment.  Just wanted to make sure we were all in the right place.

 

Q.  When Marian first came, there was talk about how he had previously been a guy who liked to carry the puck, of course, you like to carry it, too.  The other night he scored a goal where he was carrying it with authority in the offensive zone.  Have you guys started to trade off a little bit in terms of who is lugging the puck, and your approach as a tandem on the ice?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I think it's really going to depend on where the open ice is.  I don't think we've really talked about it, because in a way we're both guys who like to move it.  So whoever is really ahead and able to carry it with speed, we're going to try to get each other the puck.  We've got another guy in Dupuis who can motor, too.  It's more or less where the open ice is, for him as a winger, it's tough to get his speed going because he's stopped a little more than I typically am.

But, for sure, he's got wheels, and if he has open ice and he can carry it, I think we'd love to see him carry it like that.

 

Q.  This organization's 15 months removed from semi?serious talks about you wouldn't even be playing in Pittsburgh this season to be on the precipice of this, what has this whole thing been like seeing it go from one extreme to the other for the city of Pittsburgh, and for you guys, too?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Well, it's been great.  We've all worked really hard, and are continuing to work hard.  I don't feel like being in the conference final, being up 3?0 we've accomplished tons, but we've come a long way, there's no doubt.  Want to continue to keep going.  But I think a lot of people worked hard, and the fans, they support our team a lot.  Everything that's happened, we've been deserving of it and we've worked for it, and everyone's worked for it.

So it's nice to see everyone's rewarded for that.  You know, I think the big key is just the work ethic and attitude everyone's had.



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